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NBA

Cavaliers fire GM Grant

CLEVELAND – The flailing Cleveland Cavaliers fired general manager Chris Grant.

With the Cavs sliding further toward the bottom in another disappointing season, owner Dan Gilbert decided to make the move a day after Cleveland was beaten Wednesday night by an injury-ravaged Los Angeles Lakers team that finished the game with just five players.

Grant’s tenure will be known for not being able to rebuild the Cavs fast enough despite having a slew of first-round draft picks, including two No. 1 overall selections.

Vice president of basketball operations David Griffin is the acting general manager.

NHL

Canucks’ Henrik Sedin sitting out Olympics

MONTREAL – Vancouver Canucks star Henrik Sedin pulled out of the Sochi Olympics yesterday, saying he’s physically unable to play for Sweden.

“I’m disappointed not to be physically able to represent my country at the Winter Olympic Games,” Sedin said in a statement. “This is a difficult decision but ultimately the best decision for me personally, Team Sweden and the Vancouver Canucks. I wish my teammates the best and look forward to returning to play.”

Earlier, Canucks Coach John Tortorella said he was shutting down Sedin for Vancouver’s final two games before the Olympic break.

Sedin has played two games after missing six because of bruised ribs. He has nine goals and 40 points in 52 games this season.

NHL

Predators GM Poile hit by puck, sent to hospital

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Nashville Predators General Manager David Poile was taken to a hospital yesterday after being struck by an errant puck during the team’s morning skate.

The Predators were preparing for last night’s game with the Minnesota Wild when Poile was hit with the puck at Xcel Energy Center. The Predators issued a team statement saying that Poile would remain in a St. Paul hospital overnight for observation and evaluation.

The Predators said further information would be released as it becomes available.

Poile also is the general manager for the U.S. Olympic hockey team for the Winter Games in Sochi.

TENNIS

2012 champ Youzhny loses in Zagreb Indoors

ZAGREB, Croatia – German qualifier Bjorn Phau upset second-seeded Mikhail Youzhny to reach the quarterfinals of the Zagreb Indoors yesterday.

Phau beat the Russian, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1, and will compete in his first quarterfinal since Stuttgart in 2012.

Top-seeded German Tommy Haas came back from one set down to beat countryman Benjamin Becker, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Third-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany defeated Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan, 6-4, 6-2, and Ivan Dodig notched his fourth straight win against Croatian countryman Ivo Karlovic, 7-6 (5), 6-3.

GOLF

Woods to skip Match Play Championship in Arizona

JUPITER, Fla. – Tiger Woods is skipping the Match Play Championship in Arizona in two weeks.

Woods announced on his website yesterday that he wasn’t planning to compete in the first World Golf Championship. He says his plan was to attend the Sochi Olympics in Russia before his girlfriend and champion skier Lindsey Vonn got injured.

Instead, he will stay home and prepare for three tournaments in Florida. He’ll next play the Honda Classic on Feb. 27 followed by title defenses at Doral and Bay Hill.

This was the first time Woods has missed the Match Play Championship when healthy and the tournament was held in America.

This means the Match Play will be without three of the top players in the world – Woods, Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott.

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